The National President of the National Council for Women Societies, NCWS, Dr Gloria Shoda has called on the Federal Government to walk the talk on increased funding for the routine immunisation for the attainment of sustainable family health in the country.
Mrs Shoda made the call on Wednesday during a one-day dialogue with relevant stakeholders in the Global Alliance for Vaccines Initiative, GAVI, transition development plan in 2018 organised by the development Research and Project Centre, dRPC’s PACFaHatScale project, in collaboration with the NCWS.
DAILY NIGERIAN reports that the dialogue was organised with a view to exploring potential ways of increasing domestic resource mobilisation to fund routine immunisation after the exit of GAVI in 2028.
The meeting also reviewed the implantation status of GAVI transition plan developed in 2018 to 2028.
The NCWS president said that governments at all levels should endeavour to release funds meant for immunisation, calling on Civil Society Organisations, CSOs, to join hands in mobilising support for the routine immunisation across the country.
“We are not unaware of the fact that what is announced as funding for the routine immunisation is not what is actually released.
“We are, therefore, calling on the government to release exactly what they promise to release and to ensure that the money so released are used for the purpose for which they are released,” Mrs Shoda stressed.
While reviewing the GAVI transition plan of 2018 to 2028, Senior Programme Officer in charge of the routine immunisation at the National Primary Healthcare Development Agency, NPHDA, Dr BaKunawa Bello disclosed that Nigeria will require 1.9 billion dollars to procure routine immunisation vaccines and Supplemental Immunisation Activities, SIAs, from 2018 to 2028.
Mr Bello, who is part of the NPHDA’s National Emergency Routine Immunisation Centre, NERICC, stressed the need for government to prepare for funding of routine immunisation activities by 2028.
He said: “By 2028 almost 100 per cent immunisation funding will be provided by Nigeria and that same year, our expectations is that we would begin to take full ownership.
“GAVI will exit and the government of Nigeria will take responsibility for funding our immunisation vaccines.
“For us to ensure sustainability in immunisation coverage and raise the status from 33 per cent to 84 per cent, government and civil society organisations must work together for us to achieve this,” Mr Bello added.
Also speaking at the event, the Executive Director of the Centre for Health and Socio-Economic Development, CHASED, Habiba Ibrahim-Tsamiya, promised to intensify advocacy to ensure that gatekeepers in the rural areas are sensitised on the importance of bringing their wards for the retune immunisation.